|Schneider Electric has cited the latest India Infrastructure Research report titled “ICT in Urban Governance – Survey” to stress that higher ICT budgets were required for faster conversion of existing cities into Smart Cities. With civic agencies in 53 cities across India responding to the survey, the report revealed ICT adoption among cities varied according to their size, requirements, financial resources and approach to ICT by the city’s Municipal Commissioners and IT heads.
New Delhi was among 10 civic agencies in India with the highest municipal budgets for 2014-15. With a municipal budget of approximately Rs.30,000 million, New Delhi will spend up to 0.5% or around Rs.150 million on ICT deployment in 2014-15.
Anil Chaudhry, Country President & Managing Director, Schneider Electric India, said, “The present Government’s vision of building 100 Smart Cities will be contingent upon the efficient adoption of ICT solutions. In turn, this needs support at the ground level, along with robust budget allocations for ICT. Accordingly, spends should be increased and allocated budgets spent judiciously for the Government’s vision of Smart Cities to become a reality.”
More than 40% reportedly spend in excess of 40% of their IT budget, while another 13% spend 31–50%. Conversely, about 33% reportedly spend less than 5% of their IT budgets. IT spends are evenly spread across different categories. Most civic agencies spend less than 30% of their IT expenditure on software, maintenance, upgradation and hardware. Around 45% spend more than 30% on hardware and software.
Most civic agencies expect less than 10% increase in IT budgets over the next two years. A couple of them are planning a hike of more than 50%. About 60% plan to increase IT budgets by only 1–10% during the next two and a half years. Less than 10% plan to hike the IT budget by more than 50% during the period under consideration, and about 11% plan to increase it by 1–20%. Over the next two years, IT budget increase in most agencies will be either in the 1–10% or 11–20% range.
|Brocade(NASDAQ:BRCD) has appointed Swapna Bapat to the newly created role of director of Systems Engineering for India. In this role, she will be responsible for leading the company’s technical developments in data center and software networking, as well as developing best practices and excellence for systems engineering in India. Bapat will be based in Bangalore, India, and will report to Brocade senior director of Systems Engineering for Asia Pacific (APAC), Orcun Tezel.
Bapat brings more than 16 years of experience in the networking industry to Brocade, with a remarkable track record in conceptualizing, developing, and deploying products and solutions in both the service provider and enterprise markets. She was most recently with Cisco India, where she was responsible for charting the go-to-market strategy for the Enterprise Networking portfolio.
Prior to Cisco India, Bapat held technical leadership roles at Alcatel Lucent, Ciena and Juniper Networks, where she drove market adoption for various technologies including IPTV, mobility and network security.
|Wind River has unveiled Wind River Edge Management System, a cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) platform that enables devices to connect securely to a centralized console, providing device management and solution extensibility. The platform is an integral part of the newly-launched Intel IoT Platform.
Edge Management System is a pre-integrated technology stack running from the device to the cloud that has been validated to work out-of-the-box with all Intel IoT Platform components, as well as other IoT vendors’ components. Specifically, the Edge Management System agent enables cloud connectivity to facilitate capabilities such as data capture, rules-based data analysis and response, configuration, and file transfer. It allows customers to quickly build industry-specific IoT solutions and integrate disparate enterprise IT systems, utilizing API management. The cloud-based middleware runs from the embedded device up through the cloud to reduce time-to-market and total cost of ownership.
“IoT is all about business transformation – transforming machine data into actionable insights to generate new revenue streams, maximize existing infrastructure, and improve business processes. With Edge Management System, Wind River now provides a comprehensive product portfolio that addresses the entire IoT architecture, from the management of intelligent devices at the edge, to the gateway, into the network, and up into the cloud, allowing us to deliver maximum value to our customer base,” said Jim Douglas, Senior Vice-President d Chief Marketing Officer, Wind River.
As part of Intel IoT Platform, Edge Management System will be integrated and validated with Intel IoT Gateway, which includes Wind River Intelligent Device Platform XT, a complete software development environment that provides pre-integrated and fully-tested, ready-to-use components to secure, manage, and connect gateways. In addition, Edge Management System supports a wide variety of hardware and operating systems, providing customers with maximum flexibility in IoT implementations.
|Indusface has predicted that Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) will be the biggest value-added “service innovation” that service providers will be forced to make in 2015. With multiple industry experts predicting 200–300% increase in SMB breach incidences, vendors will have to offer more customizable, flexible and cost-effective solutions, says the company.
In its recently released security predictions for 2015, Indusface emphasized the need for fully- managed integrated security solutions that can effectively monitor and detect online vulnerabilities and defend against them anytime, anywhere. The year 2014 witnessed some of the most notorious security breaches with major attacks from Heartbleed, Bash, Poodle and Drupal core SQL injection vulnerabilities. Such incidents cannot be handled by just issuing random software patches. They have to be prevented or fixed immediately through a proactive defence mechanism, asserts the company in its report.
Ashish Tandon, Chairman & CEO, Indusface, says, “We cannot see how SMBs and large enterprises will be able to protect their web assets without a solid Security-as-a-Service vendor protecting their perimeters. When thinking about IT as a whole, and security specifically, ‘as-a-service’ models are going to rule the checkbook. It is difficult to keep updating your security posture, unless you have experts to take care of them.”
Indusface’s security experts assert that CISOs will have to look beyond their current reactive approach to managing security. Organizations need to have proactive security systems with a step-by-step approach that clearly defines “when we get attacked, this is how we will protect ourselves” – be it for DDoS attacks at the application layer or mass data breach attempts using one of the vulnerabilities.
|Red Hat has announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux for the SAP HANA platform is now available for customers to deploy across the open hybrid cloud, including via public cloud providers certified by Red Hat. The additions of new cloud provider partners through the Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider program, as well as new SAP-certified hardware available from provider Hitachi Data Systems, provides customers of Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA with an extensive choice of deployment options for big data applications, from new hardware configurations to the ability to leverage public, private and hybrid cloud services.
In June 2014, as the foundation of an enhanced collaboration between Red Hat and SAP, Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA offers an open, scalable, integrated and highly available platform featuring the industry-leading reliability, quality and stability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA helps organizations make smarter, faster decisions; accelerate business processes; and enable consistency of operations across the business through standardization on the Red Hat platform, which powers mission-critical systems in more than 90 per cent of the global Fortune 500.
Jim Totton, Vice-President & General Manager, Platforms Business Unit, Red Hat, said, “By extending Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA to the public cloud, we are providing a stable, secure and reliable platform for deployments of SAP HANA across the breadth of the open hybrid cloud. These cloud-based offerings, combined with additional certified providers and configurations of hardware for SAP HANA as well as the scale-up and scale-out certifications of our launch partners, deliver a set of solutions to help meet the growing enterprise demand for big data applications, all standardized on the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform.”
With today’s announcement, customers of Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA now have the ability to harness the power of the public cloud through Red Hat certified cloud partners, including Virtustream and Secure-24. Enterprises will be able to leverage the stability, security and reliability of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform upon which to run their public cloud-based big data workloads. These newly-available public cloud choices deliver on-demand analytical processing power while helping to reduce the overall cost of extreme data workloads, all backed by the support of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
|To strengthen its position in South India, Array Networks has announced a strategic tie-up with Valuepoint Techsol for local sales and support. The exclusive partnership aims to reach out to small and medium businesses present across different locations in South India.
The partnership will extend broad reaching marketing services, technical training and support and will focus on building relationships with their listed manufacturers. Both Array and Valuepoint Techsol will collectively work at attracting more customers by providing them the best margins on networking products.
Shibu Paul, Regional Sales Director – India, ME and SEA, Array Networks, said, “The partnership with Valuepoint Techsol is a significant milestone for us. We will work together to explore opportunities for customers and offer them with superior products and services round the clock. We take pride in delivering leading networking solutions that embrace and extend our ADC & ADN products to our customers. We are assured that Valuepoint Techsol is the right partner to deliver our products and will be widely accepted by enterprises in this region.”
Ashok Prabhu, Director & CEO, Valuepoint Techsol, said, “Businesses investing in networking products are looking at achieving maximum value. Apart from distributing ADCs and ADNs, we offer a range of support services to help customers in keeping their networks running securely, smoothly and making them highly available. This alliance will offer remote users with access to web applications, client/server applications and internal network connections. We are looking forward to a successful alliance and better business outcomes with Array Networks.”
By entering into this strategic alliance, Array Networks aims to strengthen its presence in the South. Together, the two companies will focus on the key industry verticals like ITeS, BFSI and manufacturing. They will also have special rebates and sales schemes to attract customers.